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2125 – Objects from the past in Lavra

Lavra is the oldest and biggest monastery on The Holy Mountain. The monastery has a large courtyard with all kinds of hidden spots where objects from the past are stored as if it were an open air museum. The pre-Christian … Continue reading

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2124 – the Corona virus and Athos – update 2 (29/3)

Update 2 (29/3): News from 28/3 (The National Herald): a monk from Mt. Athos has been infected with COVID-19. The monk recently travelled to the UK with a monastery’s delegation. He is being treated at AHEPA hospital in Thessaloniki. The … Continue reading

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2123 – A pilgrim’s hike between Gomati and Megali Panaghia in Chalkidiki

Not only on Athos but also outside the Holy Mountain there are interesting trails to hike with more or less the same look and feel. Theodosios Simonopetritis, in response of our previous post about the pilgrim’s route to Ierissos, send … Continue reading

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2122 – The old pilgrimage routes to the Holy Mountain

This old map from a German book dated 1934 makes it clear that the pilgrim’s  route to the Holy Mountain started in Ierissos. There were two possibilities, the eastern route to Vatopedi, Iviron and eventually Lavra and the route that … Continue reading

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2121 – On our way to Lavra

A large proportion of the old monopati (footpath) and kalderimi (cobbled stone footpath) between Prodromou and Lavra still exists. It is situated a bit more uphill than the road. After the well the path descents to the new, concrete, road … Continue reading

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2120 – An evening, night and early morning in Prodromou

Just before sunset we arrived in Prodromou, the Romanian skete at the edge of the peninsula. We were quiet tired from the afternoon walk from Kavsokalivia via Nilou and the crossing of the stone fall of Megali Sara. The walk … Continue reading

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2119 – The beauty of Athos, flowers and more

Here are some images of the sometimes overwhelming beauty of the natural environment of Mount Athos. Along side the footpaths, in the woods, Euphorbia start growing. But also in the rocky parts, on the slopes of the Holy Mountain itself, … Continue reading

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